Camping and accommodation
Areas of Waterton Lakes National Park remain closed due to safety hazards and infrastructure damage from the Kenow Wildfire. Visit our What's open page for an up-to-date list of open areas.
Reservations for Townsite Campground open January 10, 2019 (8 am MST) for stays from May 10, 2019 to September 11, 2019.
For 2019, Parks Canada will operate two vehicle-accessible campgrounds in Waterton Lakes National Park: Townsite Campground and Belly River Campground.
Crandell Mountain Campground is closed due to extensive infrastructure damage from the Kenow Wildfire.
Some useful information about camping in Waterton Lakes National Park.
Where to camp
Open April 12 to October 14, 2019 (weather dependent).
Located at the south end of the Waterton townsite, this campground offers 90 water, sewer and electrical sites, 45 electricity sites, as well as accessible, unserviced and walk-in tent sites.
The campground also has hot showers, flush toilets, food storage and kitchen shelters. There are no individual firepits.
This open, mowed-lawn campground, exposed to winds from Upper Waterton Lake, is an excellent place for RVs or for those who wish to be within walking distance of the town's amenities. The campground is 100% reservable so reservations are advisable if you want to be sure of a site.
Mule deer, bighorn sheep and ground squirrels are commonly seen in the campground.
Townsite Campground: general information
Belly River Campground (primitive)
Open May 10, 2019 (weather permitting).
These campsites are available only on a first-come, first-served basis. Located along the Chief Mountain Highway, 26 km from Waterton townsite, this self-registration campground offers 24 unserviced sites, flush and dry privies, food storage, kitchen shelters, fire rings and fire wood (fire permit required). Bring your own drinking and cooking water, as no potable water is available at this campground.
A pleasant area of mixed aspen forest, this primitive campground lies right beside the Belly River and is favoured by those campers wanting a more secluded experience. Foxes, bears and deer are common through the area. A campground host program operates in this campground.
Belly River Group Campground
Pass Creek picnic site, located on the Entrance Parkway about four kilometers from the entrance gate, offers a sheltered winter campground, free of charge.
The Alpine Club of Canada (ACC) operate a backcountry hut in Waterton Lakes National Park (Cameron Lake Cabin), providing overnight accommodation in the winter.
Campground host program
People from around the world visit Waterton Lakes National Park to relax, experience the great outdoors and learn about our natural heritage. You can join them by volunteering as a host at one of our campgrounds.
Campground hosts greet visitors and provide them with information. They volunteer for 4 hours a day, 5 days a week (including weekends). In return, hosts have free entry to the park for a year, a free campsite while they volunteer, a site tour and many other benefits.
You must volunteer for a minimum of two weeks and provide your own self-contained camping unit (RV, truck camper or tent trailer). For more information contact us.
For information on private accommodations in and around the park, visit Waterton Lakes Chamber of Commerce.